Running has been a part of Jessica’s life from a young age; however, it was after finishing University and moving back home that putting on her trainers really began to have an impact.
On returning to Lincoln, Jessica took up the role of Run Leader with RunTalkRun; an initiative which aims to make both running and mental health support less intimidating and more accessible.
Jessica describes; ‘we've created a great community of runners, who turn up on a Tuesday night and run a 5km - there are no time pressures, no deadlines - a nice easy run and a great chat with people I can now call my friends’
Jessica decided to become a Leader with RunTalkRun because she values the importance of mental health and believes we need to look after both our mind and body; ‘I know friends and family impacted by mental health and the results can be devastating, so I wanted to join RunTalkRun as a leader to bring a great community to Lincoln and reduce the stigma around mental health. I use running as my escapism, it's a great way to clear my head and I know that talking helps too. Talking and running can save lives, and I love knowing that every week we go out, we are helping people. It is my way of giving back to the community that has helped me so much along the way’
Jessica has also found social media to be a great way to keep her running and training on track, and has been sharing her journey on Instagram (@runnerjessica) for the last few years; ‘when I am not feeling motivated, I have a scroll to see other people’s training or reach out to a few friends. I know running / training always makes me feel better’ With the current social distancing measures in place, seeking support through virtual communities is a great way to stay connected with friends.
Jessica has not decided if she will be running or volunteering at the Lincoln City Half Marathon yet, but is looking forward to the mood around the city during the race; ‘it just brings everyone together and the Lincoln community is great - all runners need to soak up the atmosphere!’
Why not join Jessica in discovering the powerful impact running and the running community can have on your mental wellbeing?